Not going to put the heating on this winter. How to keep warm

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I will have the heating on for one hour a day in the evening so the kids can shower but then after that the heating and hit water will be completely off.

I just need to get some ideas for keeping the house warmer once the weather turns.

Vivacia Mon 16-Sep-13 16:12:34

That was an insensitive contribution creeping.

I agree that the best thing to do is all stay in one room, get it warm and keep it warm. Keep a few blankets near the sofa and one near the toilet too. Curtains over doors are very effective (but my partner can't stand them). Before bed I'd put tomorrow's clothes and contact lenses in grabbing distance of the bed so that in the morning I could bring them under the covers and warm them up first. Depending upon how old you are the practicalities, it might be warmer to wash with a bowl in front of the fire.

twistyfeet Mon 16-Sep-13 16:21:02

same here. We heat the front room in the evening and only because one of the kids is quadriplegic. The rest of the time it is off and it is freezing. So cold that there's ice inside the windows. While DH is at work I sit wrapped in blankets, hat and fingerlessgloves (so I can MN grin)
Heating costs are just too much now.

Vivacia Mon 16-Sep-13 16:22:17

I do the fingerless gloves (and laptop warming up my lap) too.

ApplesinmyPocket Mon 16-Sep-13 16:24:52

We hardly ever have the heating on and depend on several layers of clothing topped with a heavy pure-wool sweater - mine cost £35 from an online 'fair trade' type outlet and for DH I keep an eye out in charity shops, where you can often get a good thick pure wool sweater for a tenner or less.

We honestly don't feel the cold that much any more, but we do put the heating on for Christmas or any 'occasions' or when our wimpy (adult) DDs (used to warm flats) are home. We go to bed early in winter snuggled up under duvets and read or watch DVDs or browse on a laptop.

Good luck. I wish you didn't HAVE to get used to it.

babacoon Mon 16-Sep-13 16:30:20

Intending to do this, this winter so watching with interest.

Damnautocorrect Mon 16-Sep-13 16:32:57

Electric blankets, 2 duvets. Good curtains, big jumpers and jarmies.

colleysmill Mon 16-Sep-13 16:33:42

What are your windows like? One thing we found when we first moved in here was a number of wndows were really ill fitting and had big gaps round the seals even when shut.

Dh adjusted the ones he could and those that were still showing big gaps we ended up gaffer taping up and this stopped the wind whistling through in winter. We did this for years.

usualsuspect Mon 16-Sep-13 16:38:08

YY, go to bed early and watch TV in bed.

Fairylea Mon 16-Sep-13 16:42:33

I will be doing this as well. Our electricity and gas combined is £120 a month and we just can't afford it anymore and there is nothing else to cut back on... I already buy value everything and shop at aldi !

colleysmill Mon 16-Sep-13 16:43:30

Oh but don't gaffer tape up all your windows - we left one or two strategic ones for escape routes out in case of fire

piratecat Mon 16-Sep-13 16:48:56

the Primark fleece blankets are really good op, some of them are £3.

Also, their fake Ugg type boots for about £6-7, get the ones intended for outdoors, they have better soles, and are much better than any actual warm slipper,(that cost a bomb). I've converted a few people to wearing those.

SaskiaRembrandtVampireHunter Mon 16-Sep-13 16:59:58

I wear some of the cheap Ugg type boots as slippers too - much, much warmer than proper slippers.

It is awful that people are forced to go through the winter with no heating. It really is about time something was done about the high cost of energy.

dufflefluffle Mon 16-Sep-13 17:01:08

we have a new-ish house with extra insulation, and did everything we could do to try to make sure we aren't crippled with heating bills - we still are! So far we have not turned on the heating but already need extra layers. We have a stove and light that which is our best form of defence against freezing but same as everyone else says: keep to only a few rooms, shared beds, try not to get cold in the first place (my family are great at wandering around in bare feet/t-shirts in winter and then wondering why they're so cold!), hot drinks are a must and remember that there are a lot of us shivering these days so you're in good company!

Apologies if someone has already asked, but have you checked your eligibility for help with heating costs. For example, your energy supplier may be able to give you a discount through the Warm Home Discount scheme

You can see if you are eligible for other help here

StarfishTrooper Mon 16-Sep-13 17:36:52

We will be trying to keep heating to a minimum this winter too. And electricity. It's just too expensive. We earn good salaries and have a lovely home and we are very very lucky to have these, but our outgoings on basic things are unsustainable.

I'm cutting down on electricity by doing the following things:

- I have acquired the world's biggest supply of tealights from someone who had thousands of the things and will be using these for evening lighting where possible. Lights on only in the room I'm using, and the hallway.
- Solar lighting outside only
- TV on only for an hour a day
- Batch cooking and freezing more
- All the usual stuff re energy saving and efficiency

Our heating and hot water is oil fired which costs us £100 a month. We don't even use that much. Boiler has been on for 30 minutes a day to heat hot water since April, no heating. Will try to sustain this as long as we can, perhaps with a little heating around kids bath time.

We have a woodburner downstairs and a good stock of wood to see us through winter.

Lots of ill fitting windows to insulate, and thermal curtains to make...

Good luck OP.

snozzlemaid Mon 16-Sep-13 17:48:00

Think I've read before that you should open your curtains when the sun is shining and then close them as soon as the sun moves away from the window. The sun will warm the room and then closing the curtains will help to keep the heat in.

StarfishTrooper Mon 16-Sep-13 17:56:22

That's exactly right snozzle

ps I have a feeling you might be near me going by your username smile

Be careful blocking airbricks etc if you have any gas or wood/coal/oil burning appliances, you needs some ventilation. A carbon monoxide monitor would be a very good idea if you haven't already got one.

piratecat Mon 16-Sep-13 18:17:45

yes check with your energy supplier for discounts, i keep forgetting to do this.

not easy to find on their websites, but if you google something like 'low income and npower discount' or something it could lead you to the right place

Rainbowshine Mon 16-Sep-13 18:18:45

Wear tights under your clothes, as it keeps the warm air close to your skin. You can make cheap draft excluders using old tights and carrier bags. Tights can make the "sausage case" and also the stuffing, and scrunched up carrier bags can be used for stuffing. Curtains make a huge difference too, especially over external doors. I also remember as a student having a huge supply of cuppa soups (cheap ones) which were good to hold and warming. Good luck, it appalls me how much the energy bills are these days. We're trying to hold out for as long as possible before putting the heating on, our gas bill is ridiculous. HTH.

Bunbaker Mon 16-Sep-13 18:23:38

If you can only heat one room an electric convector heater is cheap to run and is very efficient at heating. It is thermostatically controlled.

I remember the misery of being cold in an unheated house because we couldn't afford to keep warm, and the convector heater was brilliant. You have my sympathies.

aliciaflorrick Mon 16-Sep-13 18:33:37

I can't afford to run the heating. I have the water heater on during the night when the electric is cheap. Over the last couple of years I've managed to get electric blankets on all the beds and they are the type that you can keep on all night. As a child I remember being miserably cold in bed so I like us to get a good night's sleep. I really feel the cold so I wear jumper, body warmer and fleece. Last Christmas I bought us all the slippers with the bags you put in the microwave to heat up, so we all had hot feet. Made a massive difference. Bought an electric overblanket from Lidl and we all snuggle under that in the living room very warm under that.

Also cheap fleece blankets on the sofa to snuggle up in. I've already started pulling one of these over me on an evening, even though it's still warm enough to have windows open during the day.

Leave the oven door open after cooking.

I find though that with the cold I find it very hard to move, so very little housework gets done, although ironing does warm me up.

The only day last year I ran the central heating was on Christmas Day, I can't stand the thought of us being cold at Christmas.

domesticslattern Mon 16-Sep-13 18:41:06

I found that older family members had lots of blankets they no longer needed after upgrading to duvets and for some reason they had hung onto them. Worth asking aunts, parents, freecycle etc if they have spares

Onesies for bed mean no gaps between top & bottoms of pj's €12 in Primark ATM. Interline your curtains with fleece blankets - IKEA or Primark. Thick curtain over front door.

KoalaFace Mon 16-Sep-13 18:50:51

Getting those insulated travel mugs that keep your drinks warm are great for making a hot (decaf) drink to take to bed with you.

Insulated long underwear are good for under your PJs of you're cold at night.

Apart from that everything we do has already been menrioned!

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